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Town Manager's Report - October 5, 2020

COVID 19 Information
In terms of overall COVID-19 positive cases, we have done relatively well as a community over the past several months.  At the end of June, we had 327 reported cases community-wide, not including the various nursing homes.    The community averaged 82 positive cases a month from March through June.  In the past 3 months, we have had 88 reported cases for a monthly average of 26.

We urge everyone to continue to take the proper precautions to protect yourself and others against COVID-19.    Please wear masks while in public, keep an appropriate distance and regularly wash your hands.


Conversations on Race: Series 2020
The Town of Windsor Human Relations Commission will be sponsoring a series of conversations regarding racial and social justice entitled “RACE: THE SERIES.”

The first topic will be “Privilege” which will be led by Mr. Kevin Booker, Jr. on Sunday, October 11th, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. via Zoom.  To participate, please go to the town’s website page at www.townofwindsorct.com and click on the box entitled “Race: The Series”.

Human Relations Commission chairman Hon. Kevin Washington stated the series will also discuss:

  • what the Town Council’s Declaration of Racism as a Public Health Crisis accomplishes
  • how to be an ally
  • what Black Lives Matter is about
  • how to encourage youth participation

Additionally, the series will focus on diversity, disparity, and efforts to bridge and heal these issues.  The book considered in the One Book—One Windsor program, How To Be an Anti-Racist, will be discussed as well.


Absentee Ballots
As of this afternoon, the Town Clerk’s Office has received 5,147 absentee ballot applications since September 17th and has mailed out 5,147 absentee ballots.  There are no outstanding applications to process at this time.  This is a fantastic feat!

By comparison, in the 2016 General Election, the office received 1,218 absentee ballot applications.    Thank you to Town Clerk Anna Posniak and her team.

We have also received 499 completed voted absentee ballots as of today.

Persons wanting to vote via absentee ballot are urged to submit their application as soon as possible through either the US mail or by using the dedicated secure drop box to the rear of town hall.

Also, as a reminder, residents with a valid CT Driver’s License with their current address can register to vote online through the Secretary of the States website (https://voterregistration.ct.gov/). Residents can also utilize the online portal through the Secretary of the State’s website to view their voter registration status (https://portaldir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3VeglVxrS7pJeNJo5UG3v6hBVeH75CFSjy-i2Df2E6kQOL05EeEpzLyhU).


Kiwanis Canoe Race
The Kiwanis Canoe Race Food Drive will be held on Saturday, October 10th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM on the Town Green. The Canoe Race is normally run in conjunction with the Windsor Chili Challenge which will not be held this year. This year’s race is open to the general public as well as civic groups. The canoe race benefits the Windsor Food and Fuel banks. Participants are requested to donate food and/or cash. Donations can be dropped off on the Windsor Green from 9:00 to Noon. Look for the canoes! Trophies will be awarded to the civic group that donates the most food and the group that donates the most food and cash combined.


Community Food Distribution
The town of Bloomfield has asked West Hartford and Windsor to join in a series of food distribution events this October.  This multi-town partnership is possible in part through the Farms to Family Food Box Program sponsored by the State of Connecticut and the USDA.

On Fridays during the rest of October, the drive-through food distribution event will take place between 10:00 AM and 2:30 PM at the Rehoboth Church of God, 1170 Blue Hill Ave in Bloomfield.

This event is open to all households in each of the three towns.

Volunteers are being recruited to help out.  If interested, please call Windsor Social Services at 860-285-1839.